Knitted Wit is so happy to be sharing this month's HerStory recipient with y'all. Folks who haven't yet encountered her, meet Alisha Rai, KW's internet bestie (in our own minds, heehee). Rai is a fabulous writer: her Modern Romance trilogy is in almost-constant rotation in our earbuds and kindles. Her earlier books are very spicy, but in everything she writes, there is an inherent sweetness and kindness.
When she was getting started writing romance (while enjoying a successful career as an attorney), she was told by publishing house after publishing house that because her books centered non-white protagonists, they wouldn't sell (doesn't this sound familiar for so many of our HerStory authors this year? It seems like, instead of denying nonwhite authors places in the publishing schedule, the publishing industry needs to start promoting more non-white folks into executive positions, eh?). So, Rai explored the world of self-publishing, and her book Serving Pleasure was the first self-published book to appear on The Washington Post's annual list of best books of the year, in 2015. As an outspoken woman on the internet, she has been the victim of the worst kind of trolling for things like speaking up against racism in the romance world and sharing her dating experiences. But she keeps being herself, and sharing herself, and we are so grateful to her for that, because herself is a pretty special person.
Alisha Rai is one of our favorite examples of the best of what modern romance is: inclusive, sex-positive, diverse in both race/culture/ background and in sexuality of her characters. Consent is at the center of sexual relationships, and mutual trust and respect are givens. Plus her books are just so darned fun, it's hard to put them down!
August's Partners in Crime colorway is inspired by her upcoming release of the same name (our calendars are marked for October, when it comes out!).
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Fiber Content: 80% Superwash Merino Wool/ 20% Nylon
Gauge: 7-8 sts = 1" on US 1-3; suggested B-D hook
Weight/Yardage: 115g/420 yds
Care: Hand Wash, Dry Flat
Country Of Origin: USA